As the director of a center, I get to do a lot of watching. The last few weeks I’ve seen some things that disturb me. So many adults treat children disrespectfully. And I wonder why that is.
Young children need to run. They need to play. They need to cooperate. So how do we meet all these needs and still promote positive development in our kids? Organized sports are OK. They do teach cooperation. But they also lead to frustration (I’m not good enough) and they put a lot of pressure on… Continue reading Unstructured Play vs. Organized Sports
Watching the metamorphosis of butterflies is fascinating! Every spring we purchase painted lady butterfly larva (another word for caterpillars) from InsectLore. They come in a little cup with the food in the bottom. We place the cup on the front counter with information about the caterpillars and what’s going on in there. With each stage… Continue reading Growing Butterflies
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week. It’s a good time to show your child’s teachers how much they matter. These are the people we trust to care for your children while we are away at work and to impart knowledge. We expect them to be well-educated at what they do, have immeasurable patience, and always be cheerful… Continue reading National Teacher Appreciation Week
Boy there’s a day for everything! A Picnic day! But its fun to create small celebrations that just happen to celebrate our daily life. Our children learn from our own behavior and if we are excited about all the small things in life, they will be too! I don’t know about where you live, but… Continue reading National Picnic Day
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrates children and families for a full week each year. The Week of the Young Child – #WOYC18 This is the week! Each day of the week will focus on a different theme. Create your own plan to incorporate these into your daily activities and… Continue reading Week of the Young Child – #WOYC18
Do you offer the children in your classroom a “ta-da” moment every day? I know, you’re thinking, “what the heck is she talking about?” Well, let me explain. Have you ever been trying to figure something out – a problem for school or work or home? Have you ever racked your brain for the answer?… Continue reading That “Ta-Da” Moment!
Some years ago a theory popped up – the theory of loose parts. Although this concept has been around and used a lot longer than its name, it’s now a mainstream idea. The practice of providing children with movable materials that have no specific purpose; that can be taken from area to area and put… Continue reading Why Use Loose Parts?
It’s a difficult conversation to have. One of the hardest conversations I’ve had to have with parents is suggesting their child might have special needs. When a child is not within the typical range for development, it’s important that we start the conversation. And the best place to start is to refer them to an… Continue reading Special Needs and Parents